Ashes by Ilsa Bick
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say goodbye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
My Review of Ashes by Ilsa Bick
Let me just say, I love this book! Ashes is one of the most memorable I’ve read in awhile.
The main character in this book is Alex; a girl with a personal mission that takes her into the wilderness. While she is there a cataclysmic EMP occurs, and she is suddenly thrust into a fight for survival. This EMP has suddenly turned some people into a kind of flesh eating zombie. Yet, it has turned Alex into some kind of super human with a super gift.
Due to circumstances beyond her control, Alex is entrusted with the care of 8 year old Ellie. She has no idea how to survive in this zombie infested wilderness until Tom, an ex-soldier, saves them from disaster. Tom and Alex develop a close bond over the next several weeks as they struggle to find a way to survive in this world gone crazy.
While trying to head north, Ellie, Tom, and Alex are separated. Ellie by force, Tom by injury, and Alex by fate. She ends up in the town of Rule where the leaders have ultimate say on who stays and who goes. Alex is one who must stay even though she wishes to go and find those she has lost. She ends up making peace with her fate in Rule until circumstances force her to see that she must leave Rule to seek the truth.
Ashes by Ilsa Bick was classified as a horror book in the YA section of my library. Although there are horrific elements to it, I’d put it in the dystopian section. If you enjoy apocalyptic, zombie books, this one is for you. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
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